April 17, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Maryland softball team clinched a win in its weekend series at No. 23 North Carolina Saturday afternoon. Maryland won 5-2 in the first game and 2-1 in the second. The Terps (27-17, 5-8) earned their first series win over the Tar Heels (34-15, 8-9) since 2002.
Senior Alex Schultz led the Terrapins at the plate with a three-run home run in game one and an RBI single up the middle to drive in both of the Terps' runs in game two. Schultz is hitting .427 on the year, the second-highest average in the Atlantic Coast Conference and highest-ever for a Terrapin in a single season.
The Terrapin pitching staff of junior Kerry Hickey and sophomore Kendra Knight both earned saves and wins on the day. Hickey started the first game and Knight came on in the seventh inning to close out the game. Knight started the second game and threw 4.0 innings before Hickey took the circle.
Hickey ended her day with six strikeouts, five walks and two runs in nine innings. Knight went 5.0 innings with seven strikeouts, one walk and one run.
In the first game, the Tar Heels held control early on behind pitcher Danielle Spaulding, who held the Terps hitless through five innings. North Carolina scored two runs in the third behind Anna Roberts' triple and a sacrifice fly by Spaulding.
In the top of the sixth inning, freshman Sara Acosta singled to score Niki Lau from third and Courtney Kane from second. Kathy McLaughlin followed with a single and Schultz sent her seventh home run of the year to left field to clear the bases.
In the second game, North Carolina pitcher Amber Johnson struck out Kane, Lau and sophomore Vangie Galindo in the third inning, but Galindo reached first base on a passed ball. Acosta and McLaughlin were then both hit by pitches. Schultz sent a single up the middle to score Galindo and Acosta for the Terps' two runs.
North Carolina rallied in the bottom of the third. Christine Knauer walked and scored off Roberts' double for the Tar Heels' lone run.
The Terrapins and the Tar Heels will take the field Sunday at 1 p.m. in the final game of the weekend's series.